Skip to comments.'Voter Intimidation' Called a Setup for Post-Election Challenges
Posted on 09/20/2004 1:55:22 AM PDT by kattracks
(CNSNews.com) - With about six weeks until Election Day, a group of African American conservatives is trying to blunt the liberal warnings that Republicans are planning to intimidate and suppress minority voters on Nov. 2.
As CNSNews.com reported
Aug. 27, the liberal group MoveOn.org and black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond accuse the Republican Party of "suppressing" the black vote by "intimidation, misinformation, purges of voter roles that disenfranchise qualified voters, the threat to discount provisional ballots, and other actions that undermine the rights of qualified Americans to vote."
But members of the conservative Project 21, whose mission statement is to "promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility has not traditionally been echoed by the nation's civil rights establishment," have a different message to deliver.
Project 21 Director David Almasi told CNSNews.com that he fears liberal leaders are merely preparing for a challenge to the outcome of the November election.
"My main concern," Almasi said, "is that they're trying to set themselves up for November 3rd. If and when the election does not go their way ... they will have the groundwork laid; people will naturally say, 'Oh of course, I've been hearing about this voter suppression for a long time.'"
The complaints about voter suppression, levied in the form of a petition to President Bush and other Republican leaders, follow a report from People for the American Way (PFAW), which claims to have detailed voter intimidation targeted at blacks.
The report claimed that old tactics of suppressing the black vote, such as the requirements of poll taxes and literacy tests, have been replaced by "more subtle, cynical and creative tactics."
PFAW claims those tactics include attempts by "plainclothes officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to question elderly black voters in their homes."
The group's report also refers to attempts by Florida officials to conduct a "purge" that would have removed convicted felons from voter rolls. Several media outlets have reported that such a purge would also remove legitimate voters from the rolls.
"In 1998 in South Carolina, a state representative mailed 3,000 brochures to African American neighborhoods, claiming that law enforcement agents would be 'working' the election, and warning voters that 'this election is not worth going to jail,'" PFAW charged in its report.
"In every national American election since Reconstruction, every election since the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965, voters - particularly African American voters and other minorities - have faced calculated and determined efforts at intimidation and suppression,"
PFAW stated that voter intimidation "is not the province of a single political party," but added that, "over the past two decades, the Republican Party has launched a series of 'ballot security' and 'voter integrity' initiatives which have targeted minority communities." The Republican National Committee was mentioned several more times as a perpetrator of voter intimidation and suppression.
Almasi, however, said much of the proof of voter suppression and intimidation is "circumstantial evidence."
"To hear some of these reports, you had Bull Conner sitting in front of the polling station with a fire hose and dogs," he said, referring to the Alabama commissioner of public safety who ordered police to use dogs and fire hoses against Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights demonstrators in the 1960s.
"In reality," he continued, "there was a police stop two miles away, or there was a parked police car and this was considered to be intimidation," Almasi said.
"I don't think all black people are criminals, but apparently Jesse Jackson has an idea that they are because [he seems to think] they wouldn't go to the polls if you didn't take away the idea that they'd be arrested," he added.
Almasi said he thinks the policies being advanced by Jackson and other liberals "could be even more devastating to an election" than the alleged voter intimidation.
He explained that loose regulations on registration and identification have made it possible for voters to be registered and to vote twice. He gave an example of voters registered in New York City and Florida, in which "these people have voted in both places, one in person and one absentee," he said.
He added that while purging voter rolls of convicted felons could disenfranchise some legitimate voters, there are still thousands of felons voting who should not be allowed to vote.
Hah! No shit!
There should be basic literary(is that spelled right?) tests. By the time your are 18 years old you should be able to read a basic sentence in ENGLISH!
Ok so that is not good enough. If you register to vote at say 17.5 years you should have to take a simple reading test. That way if you cannot read you will be given help for the next 6 months by Jessie Jackson(yeah right) so you can pass the test at the polls.
This brings me to another observation. Jessie Jihad Jackson is no better the the Mullahs that keep thier followers ignorant. I would venture to guess that over 90% of muslims get thier daily news from the Mosque, why? The can not read!
So why would Jessie Jihad Jackson try to improve the abilities of Blacks? He doesn't Because if they got the "story" on thier own they would sh*tcan Jessie Jihad Jackson in a minute!
Remember when it was a felony to file a false complaint? I know "whites" get prosecuted for doing it, but what about others?
If it isn't close, they can't cheat.
Bush won't win by the 10-13pts that current polls show, but he will win by around 52% to Kerry's 45%, and my guess is by about 100 to 138 EVs over Kerry.
It won't be a landslide but it won't be close, either. Challenges by Kerry won't have a leg to stand on, and it will only make the dems look even worse, alienate more moderate democrats, and further alienate the 45 to 50% of the electorate that can't stand them anyway.
"and it will only make the dems look even worse,"
I hope they try it!!! That will also marginalize the 2000 challenge as well (as if it wasn't obvious enough as to what they were doing).
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the test for dade county should be dumbed down too,
hold a pebble in right hand, close fist.
hold closed fist up (remember right hand) and also
simultaniously hold up left hand with palm fully exposed.
now ask "which hand is the rock in?"
a large percentage of the chad challenged will fail this test, but a sharp lawyer will catch the trick HA!
you asked which hand is the rock in when in fact it was a pebble, nuanced you say? well you are obviously trying to disinfranchise the bingo block. you damn evil karl rove operative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm telling ya'll. I'm a little worried about election day. Please keep your eyes and ears open.
Anybody with a legal right o vote, has recourse to prove their eligibility, well, except in the cases where some neighborly RAT has already voted for them! Hence the need for ID at the polls! I am happy to say that there has been a crackdown here, at least in the area where I live now. I had to jump through hoops to get registered to vote, and have been reminded twice to have my voter registration card with me when I go to the polls. I hope there is a similar crackdown around the state, although I would be surprised if certain RAT infested counties are very affected by the changes.
Poll Tax - NO
IQ Test - YES!
Oh, and SPEAKING ENGLISH should be a determining factor too.
No Ballots in Mandarin Dammit!
On the contrary, the rats know exactly what they are doing. Not letting them get away with it, is the biggest challenge we face.
Poll tax,yes.I believe that the national budget deficit should be divided equally by the number of registered voters.There's your poll tax.Only those who pay should vote.Why do we let the homeless and destitute vote?They should demonstrate that they have a handle on their own lives before they can have a say in the governing of the nation.
I was thinking 1950's 'deep south' type Poll Tax prohibiting only blacks from voting. Your idea isn't bad - want to vote, pay a buck or two.
By FEDERAL law, ballots and voter information are available in 7 languages. I'm happy to know that one of them is English. The others, as I recall, are: Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog.
For those that don't know the above 7 languages, they are allowed helpers/translators to assist them with the vote. Just in my district, the local water quality report was mailed out recently and was available in 11 languages.
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